SEOUL, December 9, 2010 - Asia Society Korea Center celebrated the holiday season by hosting a cocktail reception at the Lotte Hotel Seoul with almost 200 guests in attendance, including Dr. Hong-Koo Lee, ASKC’s Honorary Chairman and former Republic of Korea’s Prime Minister; Dong Bin Shin, Co-Chairman of AKSC and Lotte Group's Vice Chairman; and Dr. Kyongsoo Lho, ASKC’s co-chairman and Professor of International Politics at Seoul National University.
In the preceding year the ASKC, in cooperation with the Seoul Global Center, established a scholarship fund for the children of multiethnic families, and the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club made a generous contribution towards that fund. In November 2010, six elementary school children were chosen to win the award.
The award ceremony took place at the reception: Dong Bin Shin and Dr. Kyongsoo Lho presented Kyung Hwa Park of the Seoul Soi Elementary School and Iumiya Lisa with awards; while Steven Herman, the Seoul Bureau Chief of the Voice of America and representative of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club, and Alan Timblick, the Head of the Seoul Global Center, presented Anna Kim, Jin Woo Chun, Ea Eam Hyun, and sisters Ezrahz Masigla and Estherz Masigla with prizes and gift certificates from various ASKC corporate contributors.
Continuing with Asia Society Korea Center's initiative to aid multiethnic children in Korea, Yvonne Kim, Executive Director of the Asia Society Korea Center, presented the Multicultural Team of the Seoul Global Center with 2000 books donated by the Taipei Mission in Korea, the Royal Thai Embassy, the Ministry of Justice, Yulchon Law Firm, the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, Injicom, Samjong KPMG, and other private donors for ASKC’s "Got Books?" campaign. Participants were also invited to donate books at the event.
During the reception, Ms. Kim acknowledged the special friends and partners of ASKC: Seoul Global Center, the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club, Edelman, CJ CGV, and the Visit Korea Committee. She also acknowledged Sunny Son, CEO of SATstudy, who introduced five of his friends to join the Korea Center as Professional Members, and Kag-Gyu Hwang, Vice President of the Lotte Group, who has brought three corporate contributors to the Center.
The evening closed with a special performance by Drumcat, an all-female percussion group based in Seoul.
Since its inauguration in August 2008, the Asia Society Korea Center has conducted 44 high-profile programs and events in policy, business, journalism, art and culture, and has hosted 50 guest speakers with nearly 4,500 participants.